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Auditory System

People who have normal hearing actually hear far more than they perceive. Where hearing is a function of the ear, auditory processing – listening – is a function of the brain. Auditory processing describes the way the brain assigns significance and meaning to the sounds in the environment. Effective auditory processing involves a relatively high speed of information transfer. It also requires a good attention span, a well-functioning memory, and sensitivity to the many subtleties of sound. When parts of this complex system break down or don’t operate efficiently, listening is compromised, the ensuing problems are collectively known as Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)……..


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    The Auditory
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    The Auditory Training ProgramTM incorporating Besson-of-Switzerland technology is a clinical approach to address auditory processing…


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    Due to this relatively low level of understanding about the disorder, it is often left unconsidered and subsequently undiagnosed….



Auditory Processing Disorders

This condition is often present from early childhood, leading to a number of difficulties as the child becomes older and messages become complex and are given more quickly. This may manifest as poor auditory comprehension, delayed language development, poor expressive and receptive language or high distractibility, though many other symptoms are also noticed. Auditory processing problems are a feature of many other disorders, including autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, dyspraxia, developmental and speech delay, and attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD).

Research has shown that the best way to improve the function of any sensory system is through its stimulation, and the most direct and comprehensive form of stimulating the auditory system is through auditory training and classroom / home accommodations.

Case study

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    Relationship between APD

    & Learning Difficulties

    Learning disabilities (LD) usually present as poor academic performance sometimes coupled with a struggle in relating to peers. What is not often considered is the possibility of auditory processing difficulties, which can affect a number of areas. It is important to identify if this is the case, as children with learning difficulties can be labell...


News and articles

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    Assisting Auditory Processing in the Classroom

    It is recommended that direct intervention for APD (eg. auditory training or speech therapy) be comb...

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    Auditory Processing Disorder Checklist

    Although Auditory Processing Disorder originates in the brain, neurological dysfunction is not obser...

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    High Definition Audio

    Why is it important to use high definition audio and studio quality equipment for auditory training?...

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